Monday, October 14, 2013

GMTA Publishing: The Mirror

Adrianna Bristol stood before her grandmother's antique mirror and stared at the black velvet cloth covering it. She just couldn't believe her nana was gone. The mirror had hung in that exact same spot for the last twenty years, never once had it been moved from the alcove. Adrianna remembered the stern words of her grandmother when she was a child. Annabel Bristol had told her, "promise me Adrianna that you will never uncover the mirror. No matter what it may whisper to you, you must never remove the cover."

Adrianna laid her hand against the cool velvet which covered the glass. As she walked away the mirror whispered to her, "you belong to me now. You belong to me." A four hundred year old curse has plagued the Bristol family since the 1600's. A curse born out of a love so rich and a betrayal so deep, that time itself has no power to stop it. Only Adrianna has the courage to find the truth behind the curse and set her family free. But will the Mirror release its darkest secrets?

Candace Bowser

An avid writer, Candace works nearly every day on one of her manuscripts. Though she predominately composes works of horror, she also writes mystery, suspense, and adventure. During the 1990’s she was a featured columnist for PRS in Kansas City. In 2011, Candace was honored by being voted one of the Top 20 Most Prolific Authors by AKG mag.. Her books are an unusual blend of historical places and events, along with fictional and non-fictional characters, which she seamlessly weaves into the story .Originally from south-central Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Kansas City with her husband Todd.
Twitter: @LilithofSumeria

Guest Post: "Why Book Covers are So Important"

It is the proverbial and quintessential part of your book, some even say that it is the most important; the book cover. It can honestly be said the cover to any novel is everything, especially for the Indie author. Major authors who are established can sell their books by sheer name alone, but the Indie author has to use the visual loveliness of their cover as their first draw. I cannot tell you how many books I have passed over reading just because the cover was so horrid my brain couldn’t get past the image.
A quality book cover needs to do many things. There are but a few of the important ones (in my humble opinion).
Create interest – some things to consider in creating interest. Does your cover beg ‘read me’ or does it say ‘someone just threw me together? Does it make the reader wonder what the book is about? Does it make them curious?
Be visually stunning – This does not mean you need to hire a super model to be on the cover of your book, because honestly, if that was affordable everyone would be doing it. What is does mean is do invest in a cover. There are many artists out there who make premade covers, including myself, who have them available at a very reasonable rate. If this is not affordable, consider royalty free images. There are countless sites that offer images that can be used for book covers for less than $5. I recommend Dreamstime images. They have countless images for sale and the cost depends on the size you pick. I have never paid more than $9 for an image, and if you are photoshop savvy, a stunning cover can be made in only a few hours. I usually do not endorse a particular site, but having been round the bend a million times, I can honestly say they have the biggest selection and the best pricing.
Portray your book the way you wish it to be seen – What I mean by this is if your book is say…erotica, have some very attractive people on the cover and sports car. The cover of a book should scream this is what’ inside.
Not overwhelm the senses – A common mistake to have covers that just have way too much going on the front page. Look at your cover the way a reader would look at it or if you were yourself in the mark to purchase a book. Does it intrigue you? Does it make you wonder what it is about? There is some controversy about whether or not to use people on the cover. Some say it detracts from the novel because the character is not left to the reader’s imagination, where others say an attractive person on the cover is more likely to draw a reader. Experimentation here is the key, in my opinion.


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